About Traineeships

Support a trainee and bring a fresh approach to your business

Your business could help someone aged 16-24 gain skills, knowledge and the confidence to secure an apprenticeship, get into work, or prepare for further education. Could you offer a traineeship to someone studying with Somerset Skills and Learning?


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What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets someone ready for work, an apprenticeship or further study. It normally lasts between six weeks and six months. Traineeships are open to people aged 16-24 who work less than 16 hours a week (or are unemployed) with little or no work experience and are qualified to less than a level 3.

What businesses can offer a trainee position?

Any business can offer a work placement to support a trainee. We can help match our trainees to your vacancies. We have had trainees working in construction, care, animal care, childcare, car mechanics, hairdressing and many more! If you think you could offer a traineeship placement in your business – contact us.

What are the benefits to the employer?

Not only will you be supporting someone with their future career plans, but there are huge benefits to you your business, such as:

  • Offers your current employees experience in training and mentoring.
  • Helps contribute towards increasing your capacity and productivity of your business.
  • Helps towards developing a loyal and talented workforce.
  • Gives you the opportunity to establish an apprenticeship role following the completion of the traineeship.
  • Demonstrates your organisations support for your community.

What are the responsibilities of the employer?

When taking on a trainee you need be able to provide a genuine work experience role that is meaningful and high quality. You will also need to provide constructive feedback to the trainee during their placement and advice to support them carry out the role.

What happens at the end of the traineeship?

Traineeships offer an opportunity for someone to get into the world of work and you may choose to interview them for an apprenticeship or permanent role with your business. Many of our apprentices go on to take up apprenticeships, move onto further education and others are now in full time work.

To see the impact your business could have on someone aged 16-24 looking for a traineeship, take a look at how Jess and Ethan progressed from a traineeship to an apprenticeship.

Provide a placement

If you can offer a trainee work experience in your business as part of their traineeship, we would love to hear from you. Our trainees are aged 16-24 and want to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to secure an apprenticeship, get into work, or prepare for further education and a traineeship can help them get there.

Provide a placement0330 332 7997


Traineeships at a glance:

  • A course with work experience.
  • Two to four days a week work placement.
  • Trainees will work alongside your experienced staff.
  • Open to 16 – 24 year olds.
  • Six weeks to six months.
  • Tutor support for employer and trainee.

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